Last December, JICUF Student Activity Fund recipient and ICU student Akiyo Sasaki and co-organizers Machi Niiya, Ayumi Murase, Rio Kokuta, and Shimon Hibi began the “Nihongo de Itadakimasu: Cultural Exchange through Japanese Language and Food” project. The aim of the project was to promote intercultural communication by inviting ICU students of all Japanese levels to mingle with each other and learn about Japanese culture.
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Last week, JICUF staff Fernando Rojas and Luke Palermo visited the ICU campus to promote opportunities that JICUF provides for ICU students. Here is a report from Luke.
Earlier this year, fourth year language education major Mikiko Saigo was awarded ¥188,000 via the JICUF Student Travel Fund to conduct her research project “Teaching Japanese as a Foreign/Heritage Language in Canada: Ethnography and Interviews to Reconsider the Approaches.” Mikiko traveled to Canada from June to September, and the JICUF grant covered her airfare.
Anastazy Maletz is the first recipient of JICUF’s United States Scholars Initiative (USSI) scholarship. This merit-based scholarship provides full-tuition support for four years of undergraduate study at ICU. Anastazy matriculated at ICU in September, and we asked him about his experiences at ICU so far.
Mana Yamagata, a fourth-year Literature major, received a ¥474,500 grant this spring to plan a Modern Dance Society (MDS) performance. This fall, they invited New York-based choreographer and ICU alum Kensaku Shinohara and Taiwan-based dance group Seed Dance Company to ICU to put on a collaborative performance. The ICU × Taiwan × New York Dance Project: “Woohi Chung” (meaning “five minutes” in Chinese) was performed four times in the West Wing of the Diffendorfer Memorial Hall (known as the “Shin-D”) from September 18th to 20th. We interviewed MDS members to learn about their project.
On November 15, Professor Tatsuhiko Itoh and Ms. Takako Tajima of the ICU Admissions Center arrived in New York City to collaborate with JICUF on the second leg of an East Coast recruitment trip. Having spent a few days in Boston, Professor Itoh and Ms. Tajima were eager to inform NYC high schoolers of the opportunities available to them at ICU. For the next three days, we worked together to network with students, teachers, and counselors.
Tim Fraser was an exchange student at ICU in fall 2014. At the time, he was a junior student at Middlebury College, and since then he has graduated and returned to Japan as a Fulbright Fellow. During his time at ICU, Tim participated in Team Asunaro’s volunteer activities in Tohoku, which the JICUF sponsored with funds raised from alumni and friends after the Tohoku Earthquake of 2011. Tim kindly agreed to be interviewed by us.
In 2009, Dr. Yasuyuki Horie and his wife Donna endowed the Horie Takematsu and Koh Scholarship at ICU to recognize top students in the natural sciences. Dr. Horie graduated from ICU in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and subsequently received his MS in applied science from Yale and a PhD in physics from Washington State University. A successful career as a scientist brought him to universities and laboratories on three continents, before retiring in Santa Fe, New Mexico.. By endowing a scholarship fund, Dr. & Mrs. Horie are able to provide opportunities for ICU students far into the future. According to Dr. Horie, “The scholarship is […]
The following announcement is from Sam Shepherd, Chair of the Japan ICU Foundation’s Board of Trustees. I am pleased to announce that Paul Hastings was appointed as the organization’s new Executive Director and CEO as of September 1, 2015. Paul replaces David Vikner who retired as of August 31, 2015. Paul joined the staff of the Foundation in 2006 as Development Associate. In 2007 he was promoted to Director of Development and in 2012 to Vice President. He has played a leading role in the allocation of grant and scholarship funding to ICU, and has also led the development and implementation of various Foundation and ICU initiatives, including the 2012 […]
ICU graduate Joshua Nelson (June, ’13) is currently living and attending graduate school in Princeton, New Jersey. We spoke to him recently about his experiences growing up, what first led him to ICU, and his post-graduate life here in the U.S. Joshua (left side) and friends in Princeton. The two people in the middle are also from ICU. JICUF: Hi, Joshua! Thank you for agreeing to be interviewed for “A New Leaf”. Could you start by telling us a bit about your background? Where were you born and raised, for example? Joshua: My father is from California and my mother is from Shikoku. Most people assume I lived in the States for a […]